Genre: dystopian or apocalyptic

The World Destroyed is Creepy Good

The World Destroyed is Creepy Good

After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia
edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
Let’s just say that if you are fan of destroyed worlds, this anthology is one you should consider picking up. Filled with stories about creepy worlds with kids doing what they can to survive, this anthology will no disappoint.

4 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on January 27, 2016
Book Review 114: Lumière by Jacqueline Garlick

Book Review 114: Lumière by Jacqueline Garlick

It’s apparently steampunk week here at Second Run Reviews. It seemed serendipitous that finished Lumiere by Jacqueline Garlick the week I was slated to be a part of the book tour for Clockwork Menagerie. Set in alternate world devastated by the Great Illumination, Lumière by Jacqueline Garlick follows Eyelet and Ulrick as they uncover the dark secrets of their personal lives and the world they live in. I will say that I was captivated from first few pages of Lumière. I have a soft spot for books that lean on a close father/daughter relationship. After the prologue, I knew that I needed to follow Eyelet through to the end even if I had no intention of reading the entire Illumination Paradox series. I was going to trust Eyelet from start to finish. This entire book was an incredible case of deja vu for me. I felt like I had read it before. However, I have no permanent record of reading it prior to now. Perhaps it was the familiar elements from other novels and worlds I have encountered. Familiar Elements The disparity between the Brethren part of town and Gears and the Follies reminded me of Dickens’ portrayal of Victorian […]

2 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on September 9, 2015
Rewind Review 11: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Rewind Review 11: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Ug! I fell for the hype. Totally predicable plot with revolving narrators that were barely distinguishable from each other. Takes the latest YA crazes and mashes them together unsuccessfully. I actually selected this book as the worst book I read in 2013. At least I resisted the urge to buy this book and borrowed it from my library.       The Quick Review Originally Read: July 5, 2013 to July 14, 2013         Twitter 8 Facebook 0 Google+ 0 Pinterest 0 StumbleUpon 0

12 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on April 13, 2015
Book Review 81: Matched by Ally Condie

Book Review 81: Matched by Ally Condie

I was late to the Match Banquet, folks. I’m sure the Society would hand me an infraction. I have seen this series on the book shelf at my local Barnes and Noble for a couple years and have shied away from the crisp, clean covers. I prefer by YA Dystopian Fiction a little dirtier looking, I guess. But I was looking for a new listen on my drive to work and I’m still finding it a bit difficult to navigate my library’s online audio book selection so I tend to grab the first thing that looks vaguely interesting. When I finished listening to Matched I had two things on my mind.   No one in this world speaks with any emotion. It was all I say, she says, he says.Do some audiobook narrators taint my emotional connection with a book because of their voices? Point 1 bothered me so much that I started to wonder if I would have noticed the lack of speaking emotion if I had read the book. I asked friends and family, “If an author only used the phrase ‘say or says’ when indicating the someone spoke in an alternate society that controls seemingly everything, do […]

8 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on March 30, 2015